For five days Year 10 students at The Romsey School became young people in the world of work. School uniform was replaced with smart work wear and board meetings and training seminars rather than school lessons were on the agenda.
For the first three days the pupils competed against each other, in the style of “The Apprentice” creating their own money-making ventures. They presented their business plans and products before a team of judges. The teams were supported by their own business ‘mentors’ in Craig Buckingham (Hamilton, Parker and Buckingham Estate Agents), Chris Riley (Michael Rhodes Estate Agents), school Governor Sheila Caine and Hannah Rock (Deloitte UK).
The best two teams were then given a further day to finalise their ideas before taking them to the public and selling from their market stalls, kindly provided for the day by Waitrose in Romsey. The two winning teams were ‘House of Cards’ selling personalised gift cards and ‘Hall of Frame’ who sold personalised picture frames.
Ultimately it was the ‘House of Cards team that made the greatest profit from sales of their product.
Meanwhile, back at school, but still in business attire, the remaining students, supported by more local business people, focused on the future. Local college providers and guest speakers gave talks about possible apprenticeships and careers and helped students prepare college applications. Students tackled a variety of problem-solving tasks and gained valuable insights into their own strengths and skills as well as how to promote these to others.
Curriculum Leader for business and e-marketing, Jon Vowles said, “It was a great experience for our pupils who conducted themselves impeccably and were a credit to the school. We are indebted as always, to our business supporters for providing a real environment for our finalists to showcase their entrepreneurial skills and talents”.